In a mass presidential amnesty of 6,520 prisoners, reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo walked out of prison today after spending more than 500 days behind bars. They were convicted of violating the country’s Official Secrets Act, though critics claim they were targeted for reporting on the military’s crackdown against Rohingya Muslims. “I can’t wait to go to my newsroom,” said Wa Lone.
Could this ease international criticism of Myanmar? While watchdogs commended the government’s move, they also said media freedom remains restricted — a particularly pressing concern ahead of next year’s national election.
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